Frankfurt Book Fair
11 – 15 October 2017
In addition to the latest publications in the literature and publishing world, the international book fair in Frankfurt will once again be presenting a wide variety of cultural events from 11 to 15 October 2017. The Arts Plus will be taking place again, this is an extra area at the fair that revolves around the future of art, culture and the creative industries. form will also be represented there. You will be able to find us in hall 4.1 on stand M 98.
The tradition of holding the book fair in Frankfurt is a long one. Around 500 years ago, shortly after Gutenberg’s press established itself, the Frankfurt fair became the marketplace for printed books. It moved to Leipzig in the late 17th century in the wake of the Enlightenment. The tradition was revived again in 1976 after Germany was divided after the Second World War. Today the Frankfurt Book Fair is known for its internationality and a broad spectrum of themes. In 2016, approximately 277,000 visitors and 7,100 exhibitors from 100 different countries took part. And once again this year, the driving forces in publishing will be meeting the book industry fairgoers on the three trade days and the visitors’ weekend. There will be a wide variety of events offering the opportunity for serendipity, inspiration and forging new contacts. However, as there is such an extensive offering available, it makes sense to prepare well. There is the book fair app as well as the exhibitors’ catalogue and the interactive hall plan to lend a hand.
New last year was The Arts Plus area in hall 4.1 with exhibitors showing new formats and concepts in design and culture. This year the Business Festival will take place again focusing on digitalisation. Over five days, entrepreneurs and creatives will network in various types of events covering topics such as “The New Cultural Ecosystem” and “The Future of Culture and Art”. According to the press release, this year there will be a major concentration by The Arts Plus on developing new business models and on monetarising cultural content and innovations. Last year, amongst others, Google, Taschen Verlag and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam took advantage of the opportunity to present their innovative projects. In addition to a runway, there are also exhibitions and a creative lab. The Robotlab collective will present its “Manifest” project, a robot controlled by an algorithm, that sets up theses and writes them down in a manifesto. Here is a list of workshops for some of which advance registration is required.
Hall 4.1 is the location for art and design books, which is also where form’s stand awaits you with a new edition on the theme of “Identity” and the anniversary edition of form feature “Revisiting the Past”.